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Innovation was the focus of a workshop session led by Senior Managing Director Mehdi Jalayerian and High Performance Buildings Studio Leader Tyler Jensen during a recent conference sponsored by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).
The first day of the “Tall Excellence: Seeking the Ideal in Vertical Urbanism” conference was devoted entirely to workshops challenging the traditional understanding of tall buildings and how they address carbon, climate change, and the call for improved environmental, social, and economic outcomes with an overall goal to understand the best way to establish an accreditation program for tall buildings.
Innovation in the mechanical, digital, and smart components regulating the life of a tall building was presented in two sessions. Jalayerian and Jensen presented “An Overview of Stack Effect Technical Guide” as part of a working session on building systems and led the discussion on the proposed approach to establish an accreditation program for tall buildings with a focus on building systems.
The two have teamed up to co-author “Stack Effect in High-Rise Buildings,” a technical guide to be published by CTBUH as part of the organization’s series of comprehensive books focusing on one subject written by industry experts in a specific genre.
Stack effect is the movement of air in and out of buildings due to indoor-outdoor temperature differences and the resultant air buoyancy. Jalayerian says this dynamic system can engender risks for developers of supertall and mega tall buildings. Along with Jensen, the two conducted a review of the upcoming design guidebook and best practices to mitigate the impact of stack effect.
CTBUH is the world’s leading nonprofit organization for all those interested in the future of cities with a focus on “how increased urban density and vertical growth can support more sustainable and healthy cities, especially in the face of mass urbanization and the increasing effects of climate change worldwide.”
Mehdi Jalayerian also serves on the Advisory Group for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He and Tyler Jensen freely share their expert knowledge of high-rise and supertall buildings with industry professionals and organizations like CTBUH to promote ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
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